18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  16 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India


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2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, thenadmire the striking features of Clarence House, and finally learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, thencontemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, and finally make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our London road trip tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to London is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to London due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in August; daily highs in London reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 16th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, thenadmire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, thenmake a trip to Champs-Elysees, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, thenstep off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning website.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels, thenmake a trip to Grand Place, thenpause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Markt, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, thenmake a trip to Belfry of Bruges, and finally make a trip to Oude Griffie.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Brussels vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Brussels are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and then walk around Vondelpark. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, thenadmire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip website.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, thentake some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and then take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Prague day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip builder website.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, thensteep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), thencontemplate the waterfront views at Danube River, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest road trip planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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